Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education Program
Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education Program (IKEEP) at the University of Idaho prepares and certifies culturally responsive Indigenous teachers to meet the unique needs of Native American students in K-12 schools. IKEEP scholars are part of a teaching cohort committed to innovation in indigenous education.
“Teaching our teachers how to create a culturally relevant classroom is key to the success of our Native American students. We see the need to respond to the 10 Northwest Tribes with which we have a memorandum of understanding to improve their college-going rates and meet their cultural needs.”
— Yolanda Bisbee, Co-Principal Investigator, Executive Director of Tribal Relations and Chief Diversity Officer
“The IKEEP program model builds on educational research that has found culturally and linguistically responsive education supports American Indian student achievement and honors the rights of tribes to achieve self-determination and cultural sovereignty.”
— Vanessa Anthony-Stevens, Principal Investigator and Project Director, Assistant Professor of Social & Culture Studies, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
The benefits of becoming part of this program include:
Loan-for-Service Financial Aid
- Tuition support
- Out-of-state tuition waiver (MOU tribal members)
- Stipends for program travel
- Assistance with books & teaching materials
Teacher Preparation Support
- Collaborate with Indigenous serving school districts
- Promote innovative trends in tribal education
- Specialized academic advising
- Indigenous pedagogies institutes
- In-service/pre-service mentorship by indigenous teachers
- Participation in regional/national Indian Education conferences
- Support continued up to one year after graduating, such as:
- High-quality mentoring, coaching and consultation services for IKEEP teachers
- Feedback sessions on performance
- Periodic meetings or seminars to enhance collaboration, feedback and support
- Access to research materials and information on teaching and learning
- Support accessing induction services from local districts/tribal education agencies
- Enrolled member or descendant of a federally or state recognized tribe
- Are enrolled (or be eligible to enroll) in education coursework in pre-service teacher training
- Have completed general education requirements (accumulation of enough college credits to be able to graduate within two years)
Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed. plus Certification program is an additional option. This hybrid program includes accelerated online coursework and practicum placement. Applicants require a bachelor’s degree in one of the content areas for which the University of Idaho has an approved program (see below). Completion certifies teachers in grades 6-12, based on endorsement.
- English as a New Language
- Natural Science
- English Language Arts
- Physical Education
- Earth/Space Science
- Teacher Librarian
If you're interested in applying to IKEEP, reach out to IKEEP staff as the first step in your application process. We recommend contacting IKEEP as soon as possible.
Contact the IKEEP office in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Idaho College of Education by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (208-885-0178), or in-person (ED 203).
Complete IKEEP application (part 1 & part 2) and send to IKEEP program staff.
To complete application, follow these steps:
- Download and print the IKEEP application
- Fill in the requested information and answer all the questions
- Obtain two evaluations from your recommenders
- Scan and submit completed application materials by email, to email@example.com
Alternatives you may use to submit application materials:
University of Idaho
College of Education, IKEEP
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3082
Moscow ID, 83844-3082
Education building Room 203
Complete and submit admission application to the University of Idaho (applies to transfer students and Master’s + Certification students)
Complete your FAFSA.
For more information or apply for aid, visit the University of Idaho financial aid page.
Complete and submit application to Teacher Preparation (selecting your certification program).
Native American/Alaskan Native youths experience greater academic success when their cultures, languages and community values are included in classroom pedagogy.
With the support of the University of Idaho’s MOU Tribes (Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Kootenai Tribe, Nez Perce Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes and Spokane Tribe of Indians), the purpose of IKEEP is to recruit, prepare, certify and place culturally responsive American Indian educators into teaching positions in schools with high populations of Native American students.